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Reporting Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis in a Hybrid Media Environment : How Citizen Journalists and Traditional Media Collaborate and Compete (2024)


Nfor, E. (2024). Reporting Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis in a Hybrid Media Environment : How Citizen Journalists and Traditional Media Collaborate and Compete. African Journalism Studies, Early online. https://doi.org/10.1080/23743670.2024.2352470


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All authors or editorsNfor, Edwin

Journal or seriesAfrican Journalism Studies

ISSN2374-3670

eISSN2374-3689

Publication year2024

Publication date22/05/2024

VolumeEarly online

PublisherTaylor & Francis

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish

DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/23743670.2024.2352470

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/95205


Abstract

This study examined how Cameroonian legacy media and citizen journalists have collaborated or competed to report on the Anglophone crisis in Cameroon since October 2016. Using Chadwick’s hybrid media system theory, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 41 Cameroonian legacy media reporters, editors and citizen journalists. The results show that when reporting on political crises, new relationships are established between legacy media and citizen journalists that grow into formalised collaborations. Mainstream media reporters and citizen journalists either collaborate or compete to report on the crisis. Some citizen journalists both cooperate with traditional media and run their own reporting platforms, while professional journalists working for established media outlets create platforms of their own to freely report issues that would otherwise be censored on traditional media outlets. The findings reveal professional journalists acknowledge the important role of citizen journalists but are cautious about fully collaborating with them at every stage of the news production chain.


Keywordsmass mediacrisescrisis communicationjournalismhybrid media

Free keywordsCameroon; Anglophonecrisis; citizen journalism; hybrid media; political crisisreporting


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